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Spokesman for DPRK FM Accuses U.S. of Its Move to Build New Radar Base in Japan

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK foreign ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Thursday as regards the U.S. announcement of a plan to build a new radar base in Japan to cope with the "DPRK's threat of missile attack":

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta met on Monday his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo and held a joint press conference at which they announced they agreed to build another radar base in the southern part of Japan to cope with "north Korea's threat of missile attack."

Disclosed earlier was a plan worked out by the U.S. and Japan to build a missile shield in Asia by building a new radar base in Southeast Asia and link it with the missile interceptor systems deployed on the ground and in waters.

The U.S. decision to build the radar base in Japan is obviously targeting big countries in Eurasia as part of its moves to round off the regional missile defense system. This will only strain the regional situation and escalate the arms race.

Over the last decades the U.S. has steadily increased the military spending by misleading the public opinion with a trite psychological warfare that it is building a missile shield against the potential enemies' missile strikes. By doing so, it has brought big profits to the munitions monopolies and, at the same time, worked hard to establish the system of its military domination in various parts of the world.

In fact, it is impossible to intercept something with a missile shield.

What should not be overlooked is that Panetta openly declared the new radar is targeted against the DPRK, not China.

The U.S. military chief disclosed the plan at a time when the U.S. diplomatic chief lost no chance to let loose rhetoric that the U.S. has no hostile intent on the DPRK. This is tantamount to the U.S. total denial of its words and open admission of its hostility towards the DPRK.

Given the fact that the U.S., the world's biggest possessor of nukes and missiles, is stepping up its arms build-up against the DPRK, it is quite natural for it to steadily bolster up its nuclear deterrent.

The U.S. attitude requires the DPRK to become a more powerful nuclear weapons state as befitting the "rival" of the U.S.



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